Happy new year! Grafana Labs is getting back in the swing of things after taking some time off to celebrate 2017, and spending time with family and friends. We’re diligently working on the new Grafana v5.0 release (planning v5.0 beta release by end of January), which includes a ton of new features, a new layout engine, and a polished UI. We’d love to hear your feedback!
#### Latest Stable Release
Grafana 4.6.3 is now available. Latest bugfixes include:
- Gzip: Fixes bug Gravatar images when gzip was enabled #5952
- Alert list: Now shows alert state changes even after adding manual annotations on dashboard #99513
- Alerting: Fixes bug where rules evaluated as firing when all conditions was false and using OR operator. #93183
- Cloudwatch: CloudWatch no longer display metrics’ default alias #101514, thx @mtanda
Download Grafana 4.6.3 Now
From the Blogosphere
Why Observability Matters - Now and in the Future: Our own Carl Bergquist teamed up with Neil Gehani, Director of Product at Weaveworks to discuss best practices on how to get started with monitoring your application and infrastructure. This video focuses on modern containerized applications instrumented to use Prometheus to generate metrics and Grafana to visualize them.
How to Install and Secure Grafana on Ubuntu 16.04: In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install and secure Grafana with a SSL certificate and a Nginx reverse proxy, then you’ll modify Grafana’s default settings for even tighter security.
Monitoring Informix with Grafana: Ben walks us through how to use Grafana to visualize data from IBM Informix and offers a practical demonstration using Docker containers. He also talks about his philosophy of sharing dashboards across teams, important metrics to collect, and how he would like to improve his monitoring stack.
Monitor your hosts with Glances + InfluxDB + Grafana: Glances is a cross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python. This article takes you step by step through the pieces of the stack, installation, confirguration and provides a sample dashboard to get you up and running.
GrafanaCon Tickets are Going Fast!
Lock in your seat for GrafanaCon EU while there are still tickets avaialable! Join us March 1-2, 2018 in Amsterdam for 2 days of talks centered around Grafana and the surrounding monitoring ecosystem including Graphite, Prometheus, InfluxData, Elasticsearch, Kubernetes, and more.
We have some exciting talks lined up from Google, CERN, Bloomberg, eBay, Red Hat, Tinder, Fastly, Automattic, Prometheus, InfluxData, Percona and more! You can see the full list of speakers below, but be sure to get your ticket now.
GrafanaCon EU will feature talks from:
Upcoming Events:In between code pushes we like to speak at, sponsor and attend all kinds of conferences and meetups. We also like to make sure we mention other Grafana-related events happening all over the world. If you're putting on just such an event, let us know and we'll list it here.
Carl Bergquist - Quickie: Monitoring? Not OPS Problem
Why should we monitor our system? Why can't we just rely on the operations team anymore? They use to be able to do that. What's currently changing? Presentation content: - Why do we monitor our system - How did it use to work? - Whats changing - Why do we need to shift focus - Everyone should be on call. - Resilience is the goal (Best way of having someone care about quality is to make them responsible).
Leonard Gram - Presentation: DevOps Deconstructed
What's a Site Reliability Engineer and how's that role different from the DevOps engineer my boss wants to hire? I really don't want to be on call, should I? Is Docker the right place for my code or am I better of just going straight to Serverless? And why should I care about any of it? I'll try to answer some of these questions while looking at what DevOps really is about and how commodisation of servers through "the cloud" ties into it all. This session will be an opinionated piece from a developer who's been on-call for the past 6 years and would like to convince you to do the same, at least once.
Tweet of the WeekWe scour Twitter each week to find an interesting/beautiful dashboard and show it off! #monitoringLove
<p>Awesome! Let us know if you have any questions - we're happy to help out. We also have a bunch of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgcJPREl3CU&list=PLDGkOdUX1Ujo3wHw9-z5Vo12YLqXRjzg2" target="_blank">screencasts</a> to help you get going.</p> </div> </div>
#### How are we doing? That's a wrap! Let us know what you think about timeShift. Submit a comment on this article below, or post something at our [community forum](https://community.grafana.com?utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=timeshift_28). See you next year!